The way I see it, we are all fed by each other. This doesn't only refer to feeding for our physical sustenance, even if it's always nice when that happens. It's also about feeding off of one another's energy and ideas. We've all been there: that one talk, conversation with a friend, or meetup and suddenly your mind is churning in overdrive with new worlds of possibilities that have just dropped open before you. Since the power of people connecting and good ideas spreading has always made me mentally jump up and down screaming, "More! More!" I've worked on a concept I called networking-weaving: connecting people to each other and with social, financial, and informational capital so that they could achieve more together than they could alone. To me, that's being fed by each other at its best and most effective.
It may seem that there is more potential for this connection to occur today than ever before. You're always one click away from the next video, email or Facebook post that is about to change your life! Problem is, the ceaseless bombardment of online content offering the promise of connection threatens to render it all into useless noise. Perhaps even more significantly, the problem is that the instant accessibility of anyone, everywhere leads us to ignore the people who are here and now.
I fervently believe that, as social creatures, we will never stop craving quality, in-person interaction, and that will always be the form of connection that is most vibrantly inspiring, the most personally touching, and the one best able to tend to our souls such that they feel fed.
Did somebody say "FED"?! Yes, perhaps I do have a one-track mind, but I do think it all comes down to food. Even food itself for me is not about the concrete and physical. I first became interested in food in the context of its preparation for Shabbat dinner. The idea of following recipes passed down from generations and countries across space and time that convene here, at this very moment and at my very own table, has a transcendent and spiritual significance for me. I obsess over recipes from across the globe not only to bring in unique, phenomenal flavors and techniques, but also as a way of exploring other traditions and understanding how they conceive of food in their lives. I enjoy hosting large dinner parties because preparing feasts of elaborate and endless courses provides the perfect occasion not only to reach new culinary heights, but also for friends to convene and consume it in each others' company. Contextualizing the food within this larger social experience elevates it from the uncommonly-well-prepared to the extraordinary.
At FED, I hope to create that unexpected in-person experience you didn't know you were looking for. After learning a bit about you, I will match you with a dinner on a topic and with diverse companions that I feel will be synergistic. The magnificent gastronomic dinner experience will also include a guest sharing a novel take on a topic for the evening and some dialogue around it, as well as opportunity for more informal conversation.
We can gain the inspiration, motivation, and dedication that we need to fulfill our dreams and make progress in this world through our interactions with others. How will you get FED?